With some important players in the squad – alongside their biggest star Tommy Semmy – as Derek Tieku and Jake Butler, Hamilton Wanderers are not having the start of season they were hoping for.
Their first game of season, away from home, seemed the team coached by Ricki Herbert to be smashed by 5-1 against Team Wellington. They could bounce back at home against the current title holders Eastern Suburbs with a convicing 3-0 win – where Semmy scored his first goal of the season.
But the good moment just got a break after the second round: two harsh defeats in a row against Auckland City and Southern United put the team from Hamilton in the 9th place in the table – and before the season there were high expectations and a real hope to make it to the top four, as Tommy Semmy revealed in an interview.
Semmy lost a penalty kick in their most recent defeat against Southern United and mentioned the team is through some problems: “There are a lot of injured players in our squad. We are doing well upfront but there is still a lot to fix in defense“, said the Papua New Guinean international. The defense is really a problem for Hamilton Wanderers in the season so far – they are the the team which most conceded goals in the league (14). The Brazilian defender Rodrigo Morais is yet to make his debut for Wanderers in the season as well – something that could help the team in this area.
Despite the bad start, Semmy also added that the experienced coach Ricki Herbert knows the team can do a lot more: “The coach is a little disappointed about the defeats but he knows we can do a lot better – every game is a game“.
Tommy Semmy and his teammates will be playing their fifth game in the season this weekend against Wellington Phoenix Reservers at Porrit Stadium in Hamilton hoping to find their way back to victories.